Most people have some kind of investments: Property, careers, stocks, savings etc. but what about the priceless things we have invested time, energy and love into: our marriages, our children, our friendships?
Taking stock of material things is a useful thing to do; we are instructed to be good stewards of all that God has given us. There are numerous blogs and websites on budgeting and making lists for grocery shopping and these help us to be more efficient steward of God’s provision. These investments are temporal, but they are necessary for our lives on earth, however, we should also ask ourselves if they consume our time to such a degree that we neglect the eternal matters.
The Christian family has the Bible at the centre of their universe, it provides the perfect answer to every problem or situation. We can encourage our children to examine their own ways of thinking and teach them to align their ideas with the Word of God. When they are taught its precepts from a young age, chihldren begin to view the world through biblical eyes… Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, and we can expect that those who are consistently taught the Word to at the very least questions the world’s ‘norms’.
For every minute we invest into our children, we can view it as storing up treasure.
1 Timothy 6 v 18-20. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.
Here Timothy is told to ‘guard what has been entrusted to his care….’ In the same way, we should guard what has been entrusted to our care: our children, marriage, church, home, friends…
Teach them to love God with all of their hearts, let them see you handle conflicts with grace and kindness, demonstrate to them that the Word of God holds the answer to every problem they will ever face and remember that ‘God honours those that honour Him’. 1 Samuel 2 v 30.
Check your investments today, sow generously and reap the rewards of faithful stewardship.